Juneteenth Celebrations in Fairfield County

Established in 1985, Bridgeport

            The celebration of Juneteenth in Bridgeport, CT was established by Cynthia Griffin in 1992. There would be marching bands and participants from across Bridgeport marching down Stratford Avenue to Newfield Park, the original home of the Juneteenth Celebration in Bridgeport, where the Juneteenth Parade ended. It was a roundup of all the organizations, churches, and businesses in the community. It was a time to express and celebrate the joys of freedom that we enjoy today.

            For many, many years, Ms.Cynthia Griffin continued the celebration of Juneteenth annually at Newfield Park.

            In 2005, Ms. Yolonda Ortiz established the Juneteenth Celebration as Juneteenth of Fairfield County, Incorporated (JOFC). JOFC has now grown from a community event to a city wide celebration. Yolanda has worked tirelessly to keep the spirit of Juneteenth alive in Bridgeport and is always inventing ways to include not only African American's, but all Americans to celebrate freedom, unity and love for all human beings.

Norwalk

The Christian Crusaders of Bethel AME Church in Norwalk, Connecticut will sponsor their Third Annual Juneteenth 4 day Carnival. The Carnival will begin On Thursday June 10, 1999 and continue through Sunday June 13, 1999. The event will feature carnival rides, arts & crafts, ethnic foods, and entertainment. Information was provided by E. Shirell Rogers, Event Publicity Chairperson (Event Chairperson - Mark McElveen.


Bethel A.M.E. Church - Norwalk, CT - 6th Annual Festival - at Andrews Field - behind MANDEEs on Westport Ave., Thursday, June 14 thru Sunday, June 17th, 2001. Rides, Food, Music, Arts, Crafts & MORE!!!!!

Stamford

The City of Stamford, CT Juneteenth Day Committee will sponsor a weekend of events that commemorates Juneteenth Day. On Saturday, June 12, 1999 "The Knowledge" by the Perry Players will be held at The Stamford Center for Arts.

Juneteenth Weekend Celebration - Stamford, CT - Sponsored by the Stamford Center for the Arts ReachOut Program in association with WABS/The Stamford Black History Committee,  Friday, June 15, 2001 . . . Gospel Show & Reception to be held at the Stamford Center for the Arts/Rich Forum, 307 Atlantic St.

Danbury NAACP celebrates Juneteenth

Dimples Armstrong, left, talks with Patricia Bowen about a display of events that led to the Emancipation Proclaimation, during a NAACP event celebrating Juneteenth, held at the Marion Anderson Studio in Danbury, Sunday, June 26, 2011. Photo: Michael Duffy / The News-Times

Dimples Armstrong, left, talks with Patricia Bowen about a display of events that led to the Emancipation Proclamation, during a NAACP event celebrating Juneteenth, held at the Marion Anderson Studio in Danbury, Sunday, June 26, 2011. Photo: Michael Duffy / The News-Times | Buy This Photo